Bill to create state flag task force passes second reading in Utah Senate

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The Utah State Legislature came one step closer on Monday to creating a task force that would study whether Utah should adopt a new state flag.

Senate Bill 48 would create a nine-member State Flag Task Force consisting of state lawmakers, governor-appointees, representatives of the Utah Division of State History, Board of Tourism Development, State Board of Education and “one individual who is a member of a national or international vexillological organization or association,” according to the text of the bill.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Dan McCay, R-Riverton, passed its second reading in the Senate on Monday with a 24-5 vote. It still needs to pass a third reading before going to the House for further consideration.

“A great flag becomes a rallying point,” McCay told his colleagues. “My response to those who think we (legislators) have something better to do is, if we had a great flag and a banner for the people to rally under, it would help us during those important times when we’re working on difficult issues.”
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